Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hallasan in the Fall

One day in late October, I hiked up Halla Mountain.  I've been up Hallasan before in the fall, but never up the Gwaneumsa trail to the top.  The fall colors were absolutely incredible and the best I've ever seen on Jeju.  With an elevation of 1950m (~6000ft) the fall colors move up the mountain in stages.  It seemed from the start, that the colors were past their prime, they had mostly fallen to the ground.  However, as I got to the mid-mountain shelter, the leaves showed their brilliance.  Mixed in with the evergreens on the upper slopes, was an extravagant tapestry.

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